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Humber yacht crew arrive in China

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The Hull & Humber Clipper arrived in Qingdao on Sunday

A Hull-based yacht has arrived in China at the end of the toughest leg so far of a 35,000-mile round-the-world race.

The crew of the Hull & Humber Clipper received a heroes' welcome as they arrived at Qingdao marina on Sunday.

Skipper Piers Dudin said: "We'd heard horror stories about what to expect from this race which helped prepare us mentally and to also prepare the boat.

"When the heavy weather finally hit us we were a lot more accepting of it and everyone handled it really well.

On arrival at Qingdao marina, the crew were given gifts of flowers and scarves and the skipper was draped in a red velvet cloak and adorned with a tiger head dress to mark the Chinese New Year.

'In good shape'

"It's not until you are actually in it and see the size of the waves and the temperature drops that it really start to get tough," he said.

"But I think we handled it well, as did all the teams, and we're pleased to have got here in good shape.

"Most of all, we're really pleased on how we've developed during the race in handling all the different conditions as a team."

The Hull & Humber currently lies fifth out of the 10 yachts in the race.

The race started from the Humber estuary on 13 September last year and will return to there this July.

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